Deadline is exclusively reporting that Fast and Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz is suing Universal for breach of oral contract and promissory fraud over being removed from the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff film starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
Since he was introduced to audiences in the fifth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, Universal has been eyeing a spinoff for Dwayne Johnson’s character Luke Hobbs for years now and due to the reaction of his chemistry with Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, particularly in the last installment Fate of the Furious (number eight), has caused the studio to pull the trigger and create this spinoff that’ll see the two of them team up somehow. Actual plot details are vague at the moment but we do know that Chris Morgan, who has been on board the franchise since the Tokyo Drift entry, is penning the script. It was confirmed back in April that Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 director David Leitch would be helming the spinoff.
The complaint from Neal Moritz (the full twenty-page file can be read here) starts with the introduction with the opening line:
This case presents a classic example of Hollywood greed.
Long story short with the filed complaint, Moritz would like Universal to honour the oral producer agreement and be credited as lead producer on the spinoff film or Universal will be liable for ‘tens of millions dollars in lost compensation for breaching its producer agreement. This move from Moritz comes a month after Hobbs and Shaw began production, which Moritz had helped developed for the last eighteen months until he was released after not agreeing to the significant reduction in his overall compensation that the studio offered him during the summer. Further details about the lawsuit can be recapped better on the Deadline report.
Hobbs And Shaw is scheduled for cinematic release on the 26th July 2019.